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GREECE PARTICIPATED AS THE GUEST OF HONOR AT THE “MARCH OF THE LIVING” 2019 Print E-mail
Monday, 20 May 2019 08:24

Greece was this year's guest of honor at the international educational programme of the "March of the Living", organized every year, since 1988, in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The March of the Living started on the 2.5.2019 at the central camp of Auschwitz and ended at Birkenau, where millions of people have been exterminated, being victims of Nazi atrocities. Thousands of people from, not less than fifty seven different countries, including the Hellenic Parliamentary Delegation, have walked the distance of these almost three kilometers that separate the two camps, were the victims languished Nazi ferociousness.

Mr. Nikos Voutsis, President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. David Saltiel, President of the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece and the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki and Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Mr. Samuel Makis Matsas, President of the Jewish Museum of Greece, Mr. Gabriel Negrin, Rabbi of Athens, Dr. Efstathios Lianos Liantis, Special Secretary for Religious and Cultural Diplomacy, Special Envoy on Combating Antisemitism and Preserving Holocaust Remembrance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of the Greek Delegation to the IHRA, Mr. Marcel Solomon, President of the Jewish Community of Volos, were the participating members of the Greek  delegation. The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All Holiness Mr. Bartholomew was leading the "March of the Living" together with Mr. Voutsis. They were accompanied by the Vice-speakers of the Parliament, Messrs. George Varemenos, Anastasia Christodoulopoulou and Marios Georgiades, by Members of the Parliament, by the Chairman of the Town Council of Thessaloniki Mr. Shimon Ben Sasson, the Vice mayor of Thessaloniki, Mrs. Anna Angelidou, by the Director of the Office of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, Mr. Leon Shaltiel, by the Director of the Charity Organization AGAPE, Mr. Manolis Toufexis and by a delegation of the Greek Jewish Youth.

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KIS ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST ISLAMIC MOSQUE IN ATHENS Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2019 09:24

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece welcomes the establishment and the inauguration of the first Islamic mosque in Athens. The functioning of the mosque will give the opportunity to the Muslims to pray and exercise their religious duties.

The Church, the Synagogue and the Mosque symbolize the harmonious coexistence among people of different religions living in the same city. The freedom of religion and the respect of the sanctity of faith of the followers of all religions are fundamental pillars of the civilization of a society, and the Greek state demonstrated the high importance that attributes to these values.

Athens, June 11, 2019

Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece

 
SECRETARY GENERAL FOR RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS CONDEMNS DESECRATION OF MONUMENT IN THESSALONIKI UNIVERSITY Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2018 08:09
Secretary General for Religious Affairs George Kalantzis, in a statement issued by the Greek Ministry of Education, on July 11, 2018, strongly condemned the desecration of the Jewish monument dedicated to the former Jewish cemetery of Thessaloniki which is situated in the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The statement reads the following:

“As if they never existed”. This was the Nazi plan of the “final solution”. That is the reason why murdering six million innocent Jews, destroying their synagogues and cemeteries, plundering and redistributing their property, changing street names, burning books and attempting to make disappear even the music and notes composed by Jews was not sufficient for them.
The desecration of the monument commemorating the Jewish cemetery of the city that once stood there where the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is today – one of the most significant Jewish cemeteries in Europe- is to be entirely condemned and it is an act belonging to the Nazi tradition and perception.

The fact that the memorial was vandalized with the sacred symbol of the cross and the phrase “Jesus Christ Nika” is an additional insult and provocation for us Christians. Les us remember that Nazis went so far as to try to remove everything Jewish from Christianity, which would mean Christianity without Jesus Christ.  And we know where that led".

Source: Press Release, Greek Ministry of Education, July 11, 2018.
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WJC PRESIDENT RONALD S. LAUDER URGES ABBAS TO CONDEMN DOUBLE TERROR ATTACK, CURB PALESTINIAN INCITEMENT Print E-mail
Friday, 20 November 2015 10:52
World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder expressed deep concern Thursday after two people were stabbed to death at a Tel Aviv synagogue and three others were killed in a drive-by shooting in Gush Etzion. He urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to crack down on the incitement that has sparked the recent wave of terror and to condemn the attacks immediately.
“Acts of terror against Israeli Jews have become an almost daily news story,” Lauder said. “As in Paris, the world must show that it will not tolerate such violence and hatred. I urge Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to curb the incitement and clearly condemn this terror.”
“Each and every victim is a brother or a sister, a father or a mother, an innocent human being whose life has been snuffed out in the name of hostile ideology and anger,” Lauder added. “We must not allow this wave of terror to continue. We must put an end to this unnecessary loss of life.”
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FIRST BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN GREECE AND ISRAEL ON ANTISEMITISM Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 December 2018 08:48
 Israel and Greece join forces in combating Racism, Xenophobia and anti-Semitism

The first bilateral dialogue between Israel and Greece on combating racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism was held in Athens on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018. Participants included high-ranking government, judicial and law enforcement officials from both countries as well as a human rights group specializing in combating anti-Semitism and racist hate crimes.

The dialogue was organized by the General Secretariat for Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights of the Hellenic Republic in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel.  Ms. Maria Giannakaki, the Secretary General for Human Rights, opened the proceedings.

Discussions between the Israeli and Greek experts focused on ways to combat racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism in the social media and the internet, the criminal investigation of hate crimes, the training of prosecutors and judges in detecting and prosecuting racist hate crimes, law enforcement procedures in tackling anti-Semitism as well as analyzing ways to combat anti-Semitic incidents in Greece.

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